Board of Trustees

Natalie Wexler, Chair

Natalie is an education writer and a trustee of the Omega Foundation, which supports efforts to improve public education for high-needs students. She has also volunteered as a tutor in both writing and reading at high-poverty D.C. public schools. She has a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. in history ...Read more

Chris Stern Hyman, Esq., Vice Chair

Chris is a health care lawyer and mediator. In 1998 she formed Medical Mediation Group LLC, which provides mediation services to resolve disputes in health care and conducts trainings. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Mediators and a Special Master mediating appeals pending before the ...Read more

Arnold J. Levine, Treasurer

Arnold was a member of Proskauer LLC’s Executive Committee for nine years and a former Co-chair of the Corporate Department. He established and served as Chairman of the Proskauer Institute, which provides a formal training program for all newly arriving Proskauer attorneys each year. During his 50-year career at Proskauer, ...Read more

Judith C. Hochman, Ed.D, Founder and Secretary

Dr. Judith C. Hochman is the creator of the Hochman Method and founder of The Writing Revolution, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting teachers and school leaders in implementing this explicit set of evidence-based strategies for teaching writing. Dr. Hochman served as the Head of The Windward School ...Read more

Kathleen Abrahamson

Kathleen has been active in the field of education her entire professional life. She taught fifth grade in upstate New York for three years, followed by a teaching position in a middle school in Newark, New Jersey. While raising three children, she was a volunteer tutor in the public schools, ...Read more

Jane Herzog

Prior to her role as Senior Search Consultant in Educational Leadership, Dr. Herzog was a tenured professor at New York University. In that position, she consulted with school districts on educational law, developed curricula for master's and doctoral programs, and taught courses in education. In addition, she advised and mentored ...Read more

Andrew S. Komaroff

Andrew is the Chief Operating Officer of Neuberger Berman Group LLC. He joined the firm in 2001. Andy’s responsibilities include oversight of the firm’s client coverage and distribution channels, as well as information technology and operations functions. Andy also served as the interim Chief Financial Officer immediately following the firm’s ...Read more

Rohan Srinivasan

Rohan is a Business Analyst at Alphabet Inc., where he is responsible for operations planning and analytics for the Google Fiber project. Prior to joining the Fiber team he was a Financial Analyst on Emerging Products at Google, where he was responsible for building financial models and vetting opportunities in ...Read more

Kelly Taraborrelli

Kelly is an accounting and finance professional at Macquarie Holdings (USA) Inc., and has worked internationally in Australia and the U.S. Kelly has diverse experience across multiple finance disciplines including accounting, audit, management reporting, tax and treasury. An active volunteer and participant in the nonprofit sector, her efforts include fundraising, ...Read more

Gauhar Turmuhambetova, Ph.D.

Dr. Turmuhambetova is a Managing Director at BlackRock and a member of Mortgage and Behavioral Modeling Group within BRS Financial Modeling Group, where she leads agency mortgage modeling and research. Prior to this, she led consumer whole loan and consumer ABS modeling and research. Before joining BlackRock in 2006, she ...Read more

Advisory Board

Peter Bencivenga

Peter has been with CaseNEX, LLC since 2009 and currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Peter co-founded DataCation (now a division of CaseNEX), which has taken NYC public schools by storm. Mr. Bencivenga has been instrumental in integrating technology and web data tools across the New York ...Read more

Neil Braun

Neil is the Dean of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. He has previously served as President, NBC Television Network and CEO, Viacom Entertainment and various other business leadership positions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of IMAX Corp. and national anti-hunger organization, Share Our Strength.

David Coleman

David is the ninth president of the College Board and has been described as the “architect” of the Common Core. He was recognized as one of Time magazine’s “11 Educational Activists for 2011” and one of the NewSchools Venture Fund Change Agents of the Year for 2012. He received a ...Read more

David Ciulla

David is the co-founder of the nonprofit ReadWorks, improving teacher effectiveness and student achievement in reading comprehension, based on cognitive science research. Prior to ReadWorks, David co-founded Sports Basement, a successful San Francisco-based retail company, was a consultant advising U.S. and international business clients, and was an analyst with Chemical ...Read more

Deirdre DeAngelis

Deirdre has been the principal of New Dorp High School in Staten Island, NY since 1999. Prior to that, she brought Telecommunications High School in Brooklyn, NY into the public eye when, as assistant principal of special education, she spearheaded a successful improvement for special education students. Since 2005, she ...Read more

Esther Klein Friedman

Dr. Klein Friedman has served New York City students since the mid 1970s as a teacher of special education and reading in elementary, middle and high schools; staff development trainer; principal; director of literacy and social studies; regional director of academic intervention services and local instructional superintendent; director of secondary ...Read more

Doug Lemov

Doug is the Managing Director of the Uncommon Schools’ Teach Like a Champion team. He is the author of the international bestseller Teach Like a Champion, a study of high performing urban teachers to make their methods concrete and replicable. It has sold nearly 1,000,000 copies and been translated into ...Read more

Jillian Neubauer

Jillian Neubauer is a former business executive with extensive experience as a general manager and in strategic planning and new business development. Most recently, Jillian served as Director of Finance and Operations for the University Alliance for Life-Long Learning, an online learning venture of Princeton, Yale, Oxford, and Stanford Universities. ...Read more

John J. Russell, Ed D.

Dr. Russell is the Head of Windward School in White Plains, New York. Windward is a school that serves the needs of students with language-based learning disabilities. Over the past three decades, Jay held leadership and teaching positions in school districts in Westchester County, New York and Fairfield County, Connecticut. ...Read more

Shalinee Sharma

Shalinee is the Executive Director of Zearn, a K-8 digital learning endeavor that aims to create universal access to an excellent education through online, interactive lessons. Before co-founding Zearn, Shalinee was a Principal in Bain & Company’s New York office, working primarily in Consumer Products and Financial Services. At Bain, ...Read more

Megan Young Wiese

Megan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, where she trained to teach in the public school system. Upon graduation, Megan worked as a teacher in the People’s Republic of China while residing in Hangzhou. Megan’s corporate experience includes working as a Vice President of Marketing at The ...Read more